Saturday, April 4, 2020

REV. JAMES PULHAM

December 4, 1928—March 20, 2020

   MELLEN - Rev. James "Jim" L. Pulham, 91, passed away at Mellen Manor Nursing Home in Mellen on Friday, March 20, 2020. He was born December 4, 1928 in Sparta, Wisconsin, to Albert and Ruby (Parr) Pulham. He grew up in the Sparta/Cataract area the oldest of 10 children.

   On October 15, 1951, he married Grace Olson at Black River Falls. He was active in the Army National Guard at Fort McCoy where he was a tank mechanic and was activated for duty during the Berlin Crisis in the early 1960s.

   In 1965, he received a minister's license with the Wisconsin/Northern Michigan District of the Assemblies of God and was ordained in 1975. He and Grace were pastors in Assemblies of God churches in Hawthorne, Seymour, Glidden, Athens, and New Holstein, Wisconsin throughout their active years of ministry. They retired in Glidden but continued to serve as interim pastor at Ashland and Hayward. After Grace's death in 2009, he lived with his daughters and then moved to Mellen Manor Nursing Home in 2011.

   Jim enjoyed gardening, a good cup of coffee, and loved his family very much.

   Surviving are four children, James R. (Christine) Pulham of Athens, Enelle (Dennis) Eder of Glidden, Georgene (Larry) Erickson of Mellen, and Garilyn (Daniel) Eder of Merrill; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Floyd (Pauahi) Pulham of Naalehu, Hawaii, and Dewey (Charlene) Pulham of Sun Prairie; sisters, Tillie Smieja of Grafton, Mary Ripley of Hayden, Idaho, Dora (Dick) Olson of Sparta, Alberta (John) Dollak of Sun Prairie and Alyce (Dave) Jandt of Sparta; brother-in-law, Larry (Diana) Rodenburg of Onalaska; sister-in-law Esther Pulham of Sparta; many other relatives and friends.

   Presiding him in death were his wife, Grace; his parents; a brother, Walter; a sister, Ruby; and an infant brother.

   Due to present circumstances, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

   Inurnment will be at the Glidden Cemetery.

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